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The national capital of India, Delhi, becomes the first city to run on cleaner BS-VI fuels. TOI reports that Delhi has already switched to Bharat Stage -VI (BS-VI) fuels ahead of schedule which was set for April 1, 2018.
The report states that almost all 397 petrol pumps in the national capital are retailing BS-VI fuels. Now, Delhi has become the first city in India to use BS-VI fuels, two years ahead of the deadline of 2020. The switch to BS-VI fuels came early because of the increasing pollution in Delhi.
The vehicular emission, especially from the old commercial vehicles made things worse in the capital city. With the deteriorating air quality, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan order the state-run fuel retailers to supply BS-VI fuels from April 1, 2018.
As per oil company executives, the BS-VI fuels will have better emission as compared to vehicles running on CNG. But automobile experts claim that without vehicles tuned to run on BS-VI vehicles, the benefits will be partial. As of now, most of the vehicles are equipped with BS-III or BS-IV compliant engines.
Currently, Mercedes-Benz is the only automaker to sell BS-VI cars in India. Other companies are in the process of certification. But there is still confusion regarding the price of BS-VI fuels. Petrol pumps have stated that they are yet to get confirmation from the oil companies.
Previously, in November 2017, the Society of Indian Auto Manufacturers (SIAM) had welcomed the move of switching to BS-VI fuels in Delhi which is in line with the international practices. The higher grade of fuel is generally introduced two years before the higher emission standards are implemented.
DriverSpark's Thoughts On The BS-VI Fuels
The vehicular emission in Delhi has been getting worse with the increasing number of vehicles in the national capital. There was an urge to take measures to control the pollution. Now, with the introduction of the BS-VI fuels, the situation could get better. But the real difference will be felt only after the introduction of BS-VI compliant engines.